Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Yismach Moshe – Lviv, 1848-1861 – First Edition – Complete Set in Five Volumes

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Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Sold for: $3,750
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Yismach Moshe on the Torah – Chassidic and Kabbalistic homiletics, following the order of the weekly Torah portions, by R. Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Ujhel (Sátoraljaújhely). Parts I-V, on the Books of Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. Lviv: various printers, 1848-1861. Complete set in five volumes. First edition of all five parts, with a separate title page for each part.
The Yismach Moshe series was prepared for print by the author's grandson and close disciple, Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet, author of Yitav Lev, and his glosses and additions, introduced with the words "so said the editor", are included in several places.
A brief foreword by the Yitav Lev was printed at the beginning of the Bereshit volume. Approbations by the Divrei Chaim and the Yitav Lev at the beginning of the Bamidbar volume.
The author, R. Moshe Teitelbaum, rabbi of Ujhel (1759-1841), was the progenitor of the Sighet and Satmar dynasties, as well as other prominent Chassidic dynasties. Renowned already in his youth as an outstanding Torah scholar, he had the merit of studying in the Beit Midrash of the Gaon of Vilna, and holding Torah discussions with him (see: HaGaon HaKadosh Baal Yismach Moshe, by R. Yosef Moshe Sofer, Brooklyn, 1984, pp. 25-26). He served as rabbi of Shinova (Sieniawa) and Ujhel. He embraced Chassidut in his later years, and became a disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and the Ohev Yisrael of Apta. In 1808, he was appointed rabbi of Ujhel and began disseminating Chassidut in Hungary. He was renowned in his times as rebbe and wonder-worker and frequently gave out amulets. His books include: Responsa Heshiv Moshe on halachah, Yismach Moshe on the Torah and Tefillah LeMoshe on Tehillim.
On the title page of the Bamidbar volume, stamp of R. Asher Anshel Jungreis (the second) Rabbi of Csenger.
Other inscriptions and stamps in the Bamidbar and Vayikra volumes.

Set in five volumes: Bereshit: [1], 117 leaves. Extra copies of leaves 13-14. Shemot: 90 leaves. Vayikra: 42 leaves. Bamidbar: [1], 49 leaves. Devarim: 72, [1] leaves. 21.5-25 cm. Bereshit and Devarim vols. in overall good condition, Bamidbar in good-fair condition, Shemot and Vayikra vols. in fair condition. Stains, including dampstains (particularly to Vayikra vol.), and dark stains to several leaves. Worming, affecting text. Significant worming to some leaves of Shemot vol., with extensive damage to text, repaired with paper. Tears, including open tears, with slight damage to text, repaired with paper and tape (including repairs to some title pages). Abrasions affecting text to title page of Vayikra vol. Leaves trimmed close to text in several places (in Bamidbar vol. – margins of several leaves trimmed with minor damage to text). Stamps. New bindings (non-uniform).

Chassidic and Kabbalistic Books